Dexter standout Derek Demaree was held to two points before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the first half. It was unknown at presstime the extent of the injury.
With Demaree out, juniors Chris Guethle and Scott Admire led the Bearcats with 20 and 14 points respectively.
"They had a good game plan for us," said Dexter coach Eric Sitze of Advance. "They played a zone and a box-and-one to try and neutralize Derek and it left Chris (Guethle) and Scott (Admire) open and they knocked down some shots.
"I thought our guys stepped up and played real well. We did a real good job of getting some offensive rebounds."
Dexter (16-5) will be back in action Tuesday night when they host the Bell City Cubs with the Stoddard County Conference regular season title at stake. The game will be a rematch of the championship game of the Stoddard County tournament won by Bell City 79-67.
ESSEX - The Richland Rebels used a big fourth quarter to put away the visiting Risco Tigers 80-60 Friday night.
Leading 48-38 going into the fourth quarter, Richland scored 32 points to close out the game and end any hopes of a Risco comeback.
"Richland played very well and executed their gameplan to perfection," said Risco head coach Brandon Blankenship. "It is hard to win any game when you give up 32 points in a quarter. We just had a letdown on the defensive end."
Leading the way for Richland was Corey Moore who finished the night with 32 points.
"Moore is a real nice player," Blankenship said. "He did more than just score 32 points. He had a ton of assists too."
Jackie Smith also had a good game for the Rebels scoring 20 points.
"We played hard and played a real good ballgame," said Richland coach Doyle Denbow. "They have a good ballclub and it took a good game from us to beat them."
Risco (9-10) was led in scoring by Andrew Halford's 20 points.
Richland (5-14) will host Clarkton on Friday while Risco will host Delta C-7 Monday night.
NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles held off the pesky Scott County Central Braves 65-55 for a homecoming win Friday night.
Malcom Long scored 16 points to lead the Eagles in scoring while Edgar Givens and Eugene Cooper added 12 and 11 points respectively.
Scott Central was led in scoring by Anthony Pullen's 18 points.
"We played well, but for us it was just the little things," said Scott Central coach Melvin Porter. "We had a couple of times when we didn't block out and we had some costly turnovers but they played a good pressure man-to-man defense."
NMCC (7-13) will be in action again on Friday when they go on the road to take on the Jackson Indians. Scott Central (10-11) will also play again on Friday when they host Hayti.
"We're there," Porter said. "We just need a little umph to get us over the top."
Oakville 55, Notre Dame 51
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A big second-half comeback by Notre Dame's boys basketball team fell just short Friday night as the Bulldogs' struggling season continued.
Visiting Oakville led by 17 points at halftime and held on for a 55-51 victory. The Bulldogs fell to 4-17 and the Tigers improved to 11-7.
The Bulldogs, who trailed 32-15 at halftime, outscored the Tigers 36-23 in the second half but could not quite catch up. They were hurt by hitting just seven of 19 free throws.
"We dug ourselves a big hole but we had a good effort in the second half," Notre Dame coach Darrin Scott said. "Free throw shooting has hurt us all year."
Bryce Willen led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Todd Kulage paced the Tigers with 17.
SCOTT CITY -- Scott City shot 20 of 24 from the free-throw line and picked up a home win.
In front of a packed homecoming crowd, the Rams improved to 16-3.
Tyler Ward had a triple double with 10 points, 10 blocks and 14 rebounds.
Mark Dannenmueller led the Rams with 20 points, Jeremy Schlosser had 19 and Mark Johnston added 17.
BENTON -- Charleston scored a season-high 95 points and cruised to a road win.
Marcus Biles led the Blue Jays with 23 points. George Rigney had 16, Joshua Strayhorn 12, Ashton Farmer 11 and Trentez Lane and Danny Farmer 10 each.
Chris Romas led Kelly (8-9) with 19 points. Josh Jones had 16, Trey Simmons 14 and Brooks Edmonds 10.
OAK RIDGE -- Saxony Lutheran and Meadow Heights picked up wins to advance to Saturday's 4 p.m. finals of the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament at Oak Ridge.
Saxony Lutheran beat Leopold 45-36, avenging one of its two losses this season. Saxony (13-2) got 14 points from Casey Petzoldt, 13 from John Volkerding and 12 from Tim Lorenz. Brandon Bueter led Leopold with 16 and Lucas Horrell had 14. Meadow Heights squeezed out a 66-64 win over Marquand. Brad Adams had 23 points for the Panthers and Anthony Bollinger added 22.
Oak Ridge picked up its second win with a 55-45 win over Chaffee. Oak Ridge was led by Austin Hahs' 17 points. Terry Bogenpohl and Austin Morrison had 10 apiece. Brandon Davis scored 14 for Chaffee and Richard Hinkebein had 11.